The following commentary comes from an independent investor or market observer as part of TheStreet's guest contributor program, which is separate from the company's news coverage.NEW YORK ( Trefis) -- If you have been planning on buying a smartphone with a quad-core processor right now, Qualcomm ( QCOM) just asked you to wait. The company recently launched the latest in the line of its Snapdragon processors, a dual-core S4 mobile System-on-a-Chip (SoC). Not only is the S4 significantly faster than other dual-core chipsets, but it also beats Nvidia's ( NVDA) quad-core Tegra 3 processor in many aspects. It is also the first-ever SoC to integrate a 28nm LTE capable modem, paving the way for thinner, lighter and more power-efficient LTE devices.
The need for faster processors will arrive sooner than later and Qualcomm will ramp up to a quad-core Krait Snapdragon then. Going by the performance that the Krait dual-core has put up, we may see something truly amazing when that happens. The first LTE smartphones that run on Qualcomm's S4 dual-core chipsets will debut at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) this week. While higher speeds will be the focus of the show, we will closely follow what the company has to say about the power efficiency of the devices. With integrated LTE chipsets, we expect a significant improvement in the battery life of the devices. Click here to find out how a company's products impact its stock price at Trefis. Like our charts? Embed them in your own posts using the Trefis Wordpress Plugin.